Officially or Unofficially, Church Will Separate



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How infirm a foundation

There are thousands of Christian denominations which more less use the same Bible, yet can have radically different beliefs. I am sure they all feel supported by scripture, but obviously, that cannot be the case. The Bible is large enough to have conflicting verses and it is easy to pick and choose those passages that suit your purpose.

David 2 days ago

So agree

Rev. Bowsher, this is an excellent article that truly reflects where the UMC is currently. You are so right that nothing can heal this divide except amicable separation. In reality, when the Wesleyan Church split everyone survived, when the Nazarene's left everyone survived. All will survive and perhaps the Wesleyan witness will be strengthened. With nastiness no one wins.

Jeff 5 days ago

Separation is Needed

I agree with the author, unofficially we are already divided/separated. The progressives depend upon social justice issues for their “worship”. Whereas we non-progressives still believe that the Bible is the true word of God, and we want to make it the focus of our worship. The LGBT issue was simply the straw that broke the camel’s back. As a church, we have not been united for a long time and our differences are too broad and deep to think that they can be reconciled by any of the plans being put before the GC19. I agree with Jeff, instead of discussing, bickering, etc over these plans, their time would be better spent discussing the terms of amicable separation.

Your loving Brother in Christ,

Steve 3 days ago

The Bible says next to nothing

...about human sexuality, and what it does say is irrational, like for instance the provision that menstruating women have to be considered "unclean" and live separately from their families. This is certainly not about The Bible in so many ways. It is about the prejudices of the antigay contingent who seek to weaponize their hatred. If they leave, good riddance. It'd be better to not listen to their carping. But they should leave without any of their assets and depend on funding from right-wing dark money just like the rest of the Religious Right do.

George Nixon Shuler 2 days ago

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   Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove "When Jesus said, 'I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly' in John 10:10, he wasn’t thinking about a victory for those who have used religion to fight back against the gains of the civil rights movement. Jesus was inviting all of us to work together for the vision at the heart of that movement — a beloved community where all people created in God’s image can thrive."

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